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Cristián Alarcón Ferrari: Climate Change, Land Use, and the Contradictions of Forestry Development in Chile and Sweden

Friday, February 2, 2018 at 1:30pm to 3:00pm

B73 Warren Hall, Polson Seminar Room 137 Reservoir Ave. Ithaca, NY 14853

The changing meanings and materiality of forests, forestry and land use constitute a fundamental political process today at both national and world levels. Within this context, climate change has become a fundamental historical conjuncture revealing the social and ecological conflictivity and contradictions associated with forest use and land use for tree planting.

This seminar is based on a comparative study of land use and forest use for forestry in Sweden and Chile. The presentation will explore current processes linking forestry and climate change politics and how they are materialized in the geographical areas of the Ñuble Province in Southern Chile and Jämtland- Västernorrland in Northern Sweden. Processes of forestry development in the two countries will be placed and analyzed in relation to world forestry, political ecology and environmental communication relations. The presentation aims at analyzing and explaining the conflictive nature of forestry in Chile and Sweden and how and why this is greatly entangled with use value and exchange value contradictions.

Cristián Alarcón Ferrari holds a PhD from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala. In addition, he holds a Master Degree in Political Philosophy and a Law Degree from the University of Chile. He defended his PhD dissertation in 2015, which was based on a comparative study of forestry, land use and climate change in Chile & Sweden from political ecology and environmental communication perspectives. He is affiliated with the Law School at Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano in Chile where he teaches Epistemology of the Social Sciences, Philosophy of Right and Master´s courses on Political Ecology.

Currently he is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the department of Development Sociology at Cornell University for which he was granted a scholarship by Chile´s National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research – CONICYT. His postdoctoral research project centres on water and land use changes in the context of climate change adaptation, for which he is comparatively studying cases in Chile and the US. Prior to coming to Cornell he combined his academic work with his work as a lawyer specialized in employment and labor law in Chile.

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Rachel Bezner Kerr

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Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano, Chile

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